Bantubonke Harrington Holomisa[1] (born 25 July 1955[1][2]) is a South African Member of Parliament[1] and President of the United Democratic Movement.[2]

Bantu Holomisa

Bantubonke Harrington Holomisa

(1955-07-25) 25 July 1955 (age 64)
Political partyUnited Democratic Movement

Holomisa was born in Mqanduli, Eastern Cape.[1] He joined the Transkei Defence Force in 1976[1] and had become a Brigadier by 1985.[1][3]

Holomisa forced the resignation and exile of Prime Minister of Transkei George Matanzima in October 1987[4][5] and overthrew Matanzima's successor, Prime Minister Stella Sigcau[6] in December 1987. Holomisa then became the Transkei's head of government from 1987 to 1994, when Transkei was reintegrated into South Africa.[1]

National politicsEdit

In 1994 Holomisa was elected to the African National Congress National Executive Committee,[1][2] and was the Deputy Minister of Environment and Tourism of South Africa.[1][7] After testifying before the Truth and Reconciliation Commission he was expelled from the ANC[7] on 30 September 1996.[8]

He co-founded the United Democratic Movement in 1997[7] with John Taylor former ANC executive member and Roelf Meyer,[9] and was elected to parliament in 1999.[1][7]

Bantu Homolisa and UDM supported a motion of no confidence in President Jacob Zuma on several occasions, including on August 8, 2017.[10][11]

Personal life

He supports South African football club Kaizer Chiefs, for whom he declared his love in an interview with Radio 702 in 2015.[12]


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  9. ^ Bell, Terry; Dumisa Buhle Ntsebeza (2003). "The nerve centre of apartheid". Unfinished business: South Africa, apartheid and truth. Verso. p. 30. ISBN 1-85984-545-2.
  10. ^ "Holomisa: UDM will support DA motion of no confidence". 702. Retrieved 23 July 2017.
  11. ^ "Filcon scandal: fresh claims". Retrieved 23 July 2017.
  12. ^ "Kaizer Chiefs, Orlando Pirates: Celebrity Fans -". 4 November 2015. Retrieved 19 October 2017.